IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 315: Aspects of Medieval Political Culture in the Latin West, the Byzantine Commonwealth, and the Islamic World: Under-Age Rule, III

Monday 11 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Society for the Medieval Mediterranean
Organisers:Tania Tribe, Department of the History of Art & Archaeology, School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London
Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Björn Weiler, Department of History & Welsh History, Aberystwyth University
Moderator/Chair:Samuel Pakucs Willcocks, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Pennsylvania
Paper 315-aSpoilt Brats in Context?: Royal Sons and their Lands in Anglo-Saxon Wessex
(Language: English)
Ryan Lavelle, Department of History, University of Winchester
Paper 315-b'Is Anyone my Guardian or Can I Take my Own Decisions?': The Convenient Problem of Mamluk Under-Age Rule
(Language: English)
Jo Van Steenbergen, School of History, University of St Andrews
Paper 315-cDying Emperors and their Concerns: Minority and Legitimation in the Byzantine Empire (12th-14th Centuries)
(Language: English)
Nele Maes, Afdeling Het Oude Nabije Oosten, KU Leuven

This session is one of a strand of seven sessions that aim at comparing aspects of medieval political culture in the Latin West, the Byzantine commonwealth and the Islamic world. Despite such quite different areas of chronological or geographical specialisation, studying these areas’ medieval politics clearly results in certain common themes for which a series of comparative sessions may open new perspectives, allow to draw parallels which might otherwise not have been thought of, apply different methodologies, but also define more clearly where Western, Byzantine and Islamic medieval political cultures differed.
Reflecting the theme of IMC 2005 (Youth and Age), this strand’s specific topic concerns under age kings and rulers. In this session, the general concept of under age rule in the Latin West, Byzantium and the medieval Middle East is being addressed, especially in their later periods.